sweet, thoughtful valentine

Sweet, Thoughtful Valentine by Alexander McCall Smith

When I reviewed No. 11 in the Isabel Dalhousie series, I hadn't yet read No. 10.7 (a short story). I'm reluctant to abandon the Dalhousie series completely based on one particularly weak offering (#11), and will likely read the new one due out this July. But it's on probation. 

I decided to catch up with 10.7, with a bit of trepidation, but I have to say I quite liked it! It feels stronger, more like older books in the series. Packed into one short story are more interactions and clues and moral quandaries to puzzle over than in the (more) pages of 11, which I ended up abandoning. 

I can't really agree with Isabel's actions in this one. And Jamie had the right of it, so I'm also stumbling over why Isabel married a man for his intelligence and kindness and solicits his advice but when he offers it, she never seemingly takes it under any serious consideration (it's not that she always has to do what he suggests, of course, but his suggestion was the best course of action, in my reading opinion, and her dismissing him out of hand was silly). This all makes it sound like I didn't enjoy the story but I did. It's just that ultimately it was really Isabel's money that made her able to do what she did to attempt to resolve the situation; normal not-rich readers will identify that Jamie's solution would truly be the only one for them. 

These are the joys of reading about the adventures of a philosopher, though, and I certainly found this one to be stronger than the more recent (novel length) entries to the series.